I have stayed here before, the sister hotel to Shutters across the street (where I have also stayed) for an in town getaway on the beach.
The rooms are very cozy, the help friendly and the location couldn't be better. Complimentary shuttle to 3rd street promenade, and nearby Main Street. Step out to the beach and walk the boardwalk to Santa Monica pier or Venice beach. Rent a bike.
Hotel accepts dogs too.
The hallways have a faint "smell" of mustiness. Probably being by the ocean.
Pool and pool area is small, and there is a nice small veranda facing the beach.